Spicing up mealtimes with Capsicana

I’m not a big cook at home, I’ll be the first one to admit. I can cook at most about 3 meals whereas my husband makes the majority and he absolutely loves cooking. One of our favourite food types is Mexican so when Capsicana got in touch to offer us a couple of their products to try out, we were more than thrilled to give them a go.

We received the Mexican Chilli & Honey Fajita Kit as well as the ultimate refried black beans and couldn’t wait to get tucked in.

*gifted items*

The first thing on the menu was chilli beef tacos using the refried black beans. We had crispy taco shells at home anyway so it was just a case of making up the mince mixture to go inside and cutting up a load of salad to add to each taco. We absolutely loved the tacos and the black beans were incredibly tasty.

The following week we then made fajitas however rather than frying up the chicken as recommended, we decided to slow cook the chicken whilst we were at work all day using the honey and chilli sauce from the kit. I loosely shredded the chicken once cooked and let it sit in the sauce for 15 minutes before dishing up. I also bought a pre-packaged salad (for ease), cut up tomato and created the salsa as recommended on the box, and grated cheese.

The fajitas were absolutely incredible and the chilli and honey sauce had the right amount of kick to it without being too hot. Even my husband really enjoyed the sauce that came in the kit.

Overall we were blown away by how much we loved these products and since trying them, I’ve spotted them in my local Sainsburys. We will 100% be purchasing these kits again in future as they genuinely spiced up our usually favourites and added a little extra oomph for us.

Laura x

*Post contains gifted items*

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Days Out: Northwood Trail

One of the perks of living in Stamford Bridge is feeling as though you are living completely in the countryside whilst being 20 minutes drive away from York. When we talk to our neighbours who have recently moved here, they all say its got the best of both worlds and is a gorgeous place to bring up your family.

We are always on the lookout for fabulous new places to try out as a family so when we were offered the chance to visit Northwood Trail, 5 minutes away from our house, we jumped at the chance.

*gifted press visit*

We made our way to the trail following on the directions on the site and knowing it as a local, they were spot on.

We arrived and walked to the entrance hut which felt cosy and inviting and was filled with adults and children all ready to walk the trail. After an introduction from the owner, we grabbed our map and headed out on the trail.

With Freya doing a mixture of walking and being carried, it took us around 25 minutes to walk around the trail. This didn’t include taking part in the maze as Freya wasn’t interested in going round it.

After the trail itself, we got to wander around the Fairy museum which was absolutely beautiful and contained some hidden surprises. (I won’t be sharing these as I don’t want to ruin it for any future visitors that might read this post).

The trail has a gorgeous seating area both inside and outside to cater for differing weather and they advised that food will soon be served which will be fantastic once it gets going.

Overall we absolutely loved the trail and even better that it’s on our doorstep. Thank you to Northwood Trail for having us last week.

Laura x

*Press event – gifted experience*

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New Build Homes and weighing up the cost

Now onto the next part of our home buying journey and I’m going to take it slightly further back before we talk about choices.

Before we bought our new build we had weighed up our options a lot. We knew we could afford the house but it then came down to whether we would be able to afford carpets/flooring as not all new build companies throw this in as part of the deal.

In our last house it had laminate flooring in the lounge and dining area. This was perfect for life with a baby, especially the weaning stage when all you had to do was wipe it up quickly. We knew this was something we might want in the kitchen area of the home and started to research our options to see how much it was going to set us back.

We came across Flooring365 who offer a range of flooring including laminate, vinyl, parquet and wood. My eyes were first drawn to the parquet which looked incredible and I knew it would be the one for me if we went down this route.

*collaborative post*

Flooring365 offer the option to order a sample of their products so it’s a great way to try before you buy in a way and see what it would look like in that room. This is the perfect service as with most newbuild, you will have a choices appointment where you go and select the tiles you would like, the kitchen colours etc. It’s not an easy decision to make and the sales office advised us that usually people come back 3-4 times before making a decision as they really don’t want to get it wrong.

I knew that hard flooring in the kitchen was the obvious choice and spent many an hour pouring over websites to find good deals and ones that I really loved.

When browsing their site, I also noticed they had a live chat feature which was great for asking questions about the flooring types and really finding out how much it was going to set us back. As someone who prefers to use a live chat function over phoning a company, this was a real positive.

When it came to the choices appointment later on in our purchase, we went twice to the sales office to look at all the flooring options they had, kitchen choices and tiles. We also took photos of some of the choice we liked so we could really compare at home and held flooring samples against kitchen colours so we knew we were choosing the right ones.

Now that we are in the home and have been for 3 weeks now, I absolutely adore all our choices and would not change a thing. In my next post I will be sharing some images from our choices and what it actually looks like in real life.

Laura x

*This is a collaborative post*

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